Friday, June 22, 2007

2007 NBA Mock Draft- Picks #11-20

11. Atlanta Hawks- Acie Law, PG, Texas A&M- Memo to Billy Knight: DRAFT A POINT GUARD!!! Seriously. Please? Law, an experienced, clutch leader will be on the board. DRAFT HIM!
12. Philadelphia 76ers- Yi Jianlian, PF, China- The draft's biggest wild card. Despite the hype around his impressive workouts, Yi has yet to face NBA competition or play an NBA schedule.
13. New Orleans Hornets- Derrick Byars, SG, Vanderbilt- An all-around talent with great strength and versatility and defensive intensity. He will only benefit from playing with Chris Paul, who makes everyone better.
14. Los Angeles Clippers- Julian Wright, SF, Kansas- A little raw on offense, but Wright is fundamentally sound, very fast and extremely unselfish. As he develops, this may prove to be a steal.
15. Detroit Pistons- Rodney Stuckey, SG, Eastern Washington- Dominated lesser college competition, but he’s very strong, can score from anywhere on the floor and gets to the line. Has an NBA-ready perimeter game.
16. Washington Wizards- Kyle Visser, C, Wake Forest- A great fit. Visser gives Washington the rebounding and an offensive option in the paint. Could be the inside presence they are lacking.
17. New Jersey Nets- Morris Almond, SG, Rice- An offensive machine with a great mind for the game and a willingness to hit the boards. Either a complement or a replacement for Vince Carter.
18. Golden State Warriors- Tiago Splitter, C, Brazil- A big man with Splitter’s speed, quickness and court vision is an ideal fit for Nellie’s system. Hopefully he’ll add muscle without losing a step.
19. Los Angeles Lakers- Jason Smith, PF, Colorado State- The perfect inside-outside big man for the Triangle offense, with range out to 18 feet. Great fundamentals, but needs to add muscle and improve rebounding.
20. Miami Heat- Spencer Hawes, C, Washington- In the top ten, very high BSW (Big White Stiff) potential, but an intriguing later pick for a veteran team with a playmaker like D-Wade.

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